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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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6,864 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,864
Reviews: 2,527
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 471
Gots: 1,071 | FT: 47
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000)
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New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August 2009 Vintage (260814)

Poured into an oversized red wine glass. The body is a red-hued dark brown with a thin, off-white, bubbly head on top. Most of the sediment is left behind in the bottle. Gentle waves of lacing.

Sugared dates and figs on the nose. Lots of bready malt with a touch of alcohol. Damp, wet, malt. A little yeasty. Seems somewhat lacking, but is still pleasant.

Bready malts with a dash of plum and fig on the tongue. Slightly astringent alcohol. Almost has a faint solvent like characteristic to it. A touch of graininess. Mostly bready malts, a bit of sugared sweetness and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth, small/light carbonation and a decent amount of warming alcohol. Slight creaminess.

Drinkability is pretty good, especially for an 11% quad. One bottle is plenty for me. The alcohol seems a bit too strong in the flavor for my taste and there seems to be this solvent like quality that takes away from the overall enjoyment. Also, the complexity seems lacking compared to other Belgian quads I've had, which doesn't bring me back to my glass as quickly.

Overall, the Rochefort 10 is a decent quad, but does not even come close to the St. Bernardus 12 or the Westvleteren 12. I've had the 10 before and each time it just seems like a bit of an alcohol bomb without much going on. The 8 in my opinion is a much better beer from Rochefort. However, I've still got two more 10's in the cellar, so I think I'll put another 5-10 years on those before I touch them.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 15:55:44 | More by sisuspeed
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3.7/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep red/light brown with a good two and half finger head. It's bottle conditioned and thus unfiltered. I went ahead and dumped most of the yeast into the beer since it's a Belgium Quad. A nice light brown head leaves good lacing. It smells of sour fruits and earthiness with a lot of yeast esters and alcohol.

I get a lot alot of alcohol warm immediately with dark fruit flavors that have a bit of sweetness. But this is my no means a sweet beer, there is enough bitterness in the back end to keep it balanced. This is my first Quad so I don't have much to compare it to. Carbonation is on the high side, giving it bit of a champagne-like quality. Definitely a dry beer that doesn't leave much after it's hit the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 02:06:02 | More by ryno09
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New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very delicious beer. Roasty, floral aroma. Great thick chocolate like appearance, with a thick foam. Malty flavor with hints of caramel, roast, malt, sublte coffee notes. More of a flat feel on the palate, but still full, with a long malty finish. A unique beer that warms you.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 02:44:02 | More by chalsk
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with brown highlights with a finger of head that left good sticky lacing.

S: really boozy and brown sugar aromas hints of malts caramel but the booze really over powers the nose. There's also faint yeast notes.

T: sweet fruits lots of booze and brown sugar flavors with belgian yeast presence with good candy sweetness.

M: medium to full body with good amount of carbonation that had a sweet boozy finish.

D: really good quad that I've had a couple times now and is always tasty. It definitely deserves to be in the top 100. I also enjoyed how robust the beer was.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 02:15:41 | More by Gobzilla
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4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a opaque brown color that is heavily particulate. extra large tan fluffy head sticks around for a while. excellent lacing remains as beer recedes. strong caramel raisin nutty smell, taste is the same with molasses, and toasty burnt hints. long flavor duration that finishes heavily bitter. alcohol very apparent but not overwhelming. creamy sticky texture. all around very good brew. alcohol will creep on this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 17:10:02 | More by berpwillie
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4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely sticky head that does not want to go away. Lacing is Extreme! This is a deep brown beer. The light sends ruby streams through it. Yummy!

Chocolate, brown sugar, raisins and some candied flavor i can't quite pin down.

No lack of flavor here. Delicious dark roasted malts assault the palette along comes molasses, pepper and other Belgian spices. A slightly smokey taste with a pleasant hop finish. Alcohol is very well masked. Its only until you are fairly buzzed that you realize how strong this thing is.

Smooth and creamy. Its on the heavy side of medium bodied.

Get your hands on some delicious meat and cheese and take your time with this beautiful brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 15:10:03 | More by HopBacchus
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4.95/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle served in a st bernardus oversized wineglass.

pours a murky, deep mahogany tone; finger, finger and a half of creamy beige/off-white head with solid retention and nice walls of lacing; fair amount of sediment.

the nose is a big, rich bouquet of raisins, figs, belgian yeasts, caramel malts, brown sugar, and booze. smells deliciously complex.

more of the same pull through in the taste; a nice and very tasty balance between the dark fruits, caramel sweetness, belgian yeast, spices, and warming alcohol which ensues - relatively well hidden considering north of 11% ABV... as the beer warms, the flavors really emerge. utterly delicious.

i'd put the moutfeel at little above medium-bodied; a bit of chew to it, creamy with average carbonation and dangerously drinkable.

IMO, in the final analysis this is simply a world class beer. when i first began drinking quads i started on this guy, and then worked my way around a fair bit (westvleteren 12 still to go), sampling some great beer, but in the end nothing has come close. every time i return to rochefort 10 i'm reminded why it stands alone - hype or no, this is probably my favorite beer of all time. well done, monks of the brasserie de rochefort. well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 00:48:56 | More by perrymarcus
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South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours a nice dark brown with a nice three-finger head that lingers througout with a dusting of brown sediment on the top. Lacing is excellent throughout. The aroma is comprised of fruit and alcohol. The flavor is full of fruit, malt, nuts, and big alcohol notes. It was medium on the palate with high carbonation. Overall I am glad I got to try this and am happy it is readily available to myself. The aroma and flavor of this brew is nothing short of awesome. Definitely try this given the opportunity if you have not yet.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 17:42:43 | More by thagr81us
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4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip. No bottled-on date info.

A: Dark brown cloudy pour with lots of foamy dark tan carbonation. It took about 5 minutes to fully pour it due to the head.

S: Bready, figs, maybe cherries, molasses and some mustiness. Very nice aroma!

T: This beer tastes very nicely! So much going on--lots of dark fruit, caramel/bready maltiness with some mustiness in there. The alcohol is slightly warming.

M: Very full mouthfeel with an almost prickly finish.

D: As always, due to an abv over 11%, drinking a few of these might end the night early however....the taste and mouthfeel are great and I would gladly crack another one if I had it.

I feel very fortunate that this quad is widely available in the Boston area along with St. B Abt 12. Are these 2 quads on par with the 'legend' Westy 12?? I don't know but they're pretty darn good. I haven't had a lot of quads but I've had a lot of beer and this Rochefort 10 is great!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 02:42:23 | More by Adamdc
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New York

4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I need to try the Rochefort 8 side-by-side with the 10. But I loved the 8 and rated it an A+, 4.7 I think. I have to give this a slight bit less solely because this was off the cask at Muggs in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It has a beautiful sour vegetable taste. Crisp and nice hops. Wonderful brew.

Serving type: cask

05-28-2010 23:12:14 | More by Amalak
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep brown with some sediment in the glass. Pour produces a one finger deep cream colored head that has solid retention but leaves only slight lacing down the glass.

Smells of over ripe fruits primarily, with some underlying tones of caramel with some booze preset.

The flavor is delicious, but I could see how this brew could benefit from some aging. The alcohol was very noticeable, at times making it hard for the fruit in the flavor to shine like it really should. Don't get me wrong, the flavor was delicious. My only quip is that the fruit tasted great with the small bit of caramel present, and at time the alcohol made it less noticeable. I'm sure if it were aged for a bit this issue would not be present, and this beer would be truly spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 02:36:36 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

ruby red/ purple brown color with an tan bubbly head. unfiltered hazy. can see the yeast bits in there.
smells like dried fruit. a little alcohol.
tastes of dried fruits. alcohol is barely present in the taste although its quite warming.
mouthfeel is quite exceptional. warming and creamy, and the carbonation is on the money.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 02:26:18 | More by JordonHoltzman
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Richly colored, with a big, thick head.

S: Not as strong as, say, a Bernardus Abt. 12. Bread, raisins, cherries, some alcohol.

T: This one sneaks up on you. Spice hits up front, with a fruity/alcoholic finish.

M: I love the way the flavor just hangs there for ten seconds after you take a swig. Only gripe is the extremely high level of carbonation.

D: I couldn't drink these all day since they are heavy, but all beers of this type are heavy. There's nothing particular about this one that makes it more appealing than others of its type.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 21:08:00 | More by DarrinRasberry
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4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thin dark head that fades fairly quick leaving a decent amount of lacing.

Smell is of plum, rum, fruit that is far to ripe.

Taste is very much like the smell. Very full body. I've had this bottle aging in my cellar for about a year and the booze on this one is still a bit to much. I think 3-5 years would be more in line for this beer. Heavy sweet fig flavors. Still a slight medicinal hint, but not nearly as bad as when fresh.

This is a very heavy rich beer, that has some alcohol heat. In my opinion it's a little harsher than other quads and not as well balanced, but that makes it a perfect aging candidate. There are some harsh medicinal notes that I think would mellow out and blend well with the beer over time. No doubt a good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 16:21:23 | More by weissbierdrinker
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4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vibrant, winy scents of grapes and fruity esters perceived as cherries and blackberries. Notes of baked bread and mild, musty oxidation. Meticulously crafted with two large, beautiful fingers of deep tan mousse-like head (great retention), leaving behind trails of sticky lace on top of a deep purple nearly black body; a perfect appearance.

Medium to high carbonation and exhibiting a tongue coating character that accentuates the sweet grain and candi sugar finish. Faint alcohol warmth with flavors of sugary dark bread with raisins. Medium bodied with low to medium perceived bitterness.

Well balanced and simply deliciously drinkable; a heavenly brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 00:49:27 | More by TheJollyHop
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Extremely dark brown with thin, but lasting, cream colored head.

Smell: Loads of figs, raisins and plums, with a strong combination of musty yeast and alcohol.

Taste: Pretty similar to the smell - plum, figs and raisins, with an intoxicating mix of the musty and sweet. Can't really explain why this tastes so damn good.

Feel: Low carbonation, thick chewy body. Very smooth and a little warming.

Drinkability: Wow, an 11% abv beer that is very easy to drink. Just fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 00:29:46 | More by bsp77
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4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a good deal of active carbonation forming a foamy head that takes a while to dissipate. Very dark caramel color.
Smell: Bready aroma with light and clean fruit tones. This aroma is amplified as the beer warms a little.
Taste: Ultra smooth bready taste with a little bit of caramel and candi sugar thrown in. Fruity tones blend in and appear adding a second dimension to the tasting. Warming alcohol begins to build at the end and persists.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and ultra smooth in texture.
Drinkability: Giving it a 4.5. Very drinkable IMO, but may be a little much for the average beer drinker. Does not mean it's poor by any means- just a beer to work up to.

Overall- Enjoy it slowly. A top-class beer that's a real treat. Would hate to have this too often, as I would not want to get too used to the quality of this kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 01:03:24 | More by coalcracker
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New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH snifter with the yeast left behind.

Pours a deep brown akin to a cider with a super fluffy, yet fine three finger tan head. Just huge, beautiful, and supremely dense. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma is of candy sugar, apricot, belgian yeast with some earthy notes. A very sweet aroma! The fruits and breadiness of the yeast dominate overall. Smells delicious...

Taste is wonderful.. and follows the aroma closely. Fairly sweet, the fruits and yeast take over as does the ABV. Some earthy bitterness rounds out the sweetness and brings a great balance. This may be a relatively fresh bottle as the last time I had rochefort 10 I don't recall it as being as in your face.

Mouthfeel is chewy and viscous. There's lots of carbonation to round everything out.

Drinkability is good. I would never drink more than one in a sitting though.

Between this and Orval, I'd have a hard time picking my favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 00:36:21 | More by Torps
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4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice strong brown color with a very thick head and good lacing. There also appears to be some floating large brown particles/chunks... so I don't know what to make of that...

S: Nice smell, great balance of sweet to malts.

T: The taste is surprisingly sweet. But the stongness of the beer trumps the sweetness to balance it out nicely. Great blend of malts and whatever makes the beer so sweet.

M: Decently thick. The beer has a good amount of chew, but I was expecting a little more.

D: Drinkable - Yes. But at 12%, I wouldn't recommend sluggin back too many of these. The beer is very good, and obviously very drinkable.

Overall: Overall the beer did not disappoint. This is a fancy beer, and tastes very good. The only thing that is throwing me are these brown chunks that are floating in the beer. I'm not sure if it's from the specific bottle or something else. If anyone knows, please send me a BA beer mail. Thanks.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 22:10:31 | More by bgildea
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4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Coffee brown with about two fingers of off white head. Doesn't last as long as other Belgians I've had. Unfiltered, so chucks of (what I hope is) goodness suspended throughout.

S - Very complex. Definitely prunes and apples, a little chocolate and a little alcohol.

T - Happily this is where the beer really shines. Same complex flavor that's present in the nose. Really beautiful balance and the Belgian yeast is prominent, lending that familiar biscuit quality to support the other flavors. A little alcohol, but not as much as the ABV lets on. Very nice.

M - Nice medium body, but I think the carbonation is a little too forward.

D - Very good for this ABV and style, which means one bottle will be fine, thanks.

Not really my favorite style (I prefer Belgian tripels) from the abbeys, and not my favorite in the style either. That said, it's a pretty tasty brew, and I'm having fun drinking it. My wallet isn't as happy, though...

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 22:26:05 | More by jpittman80
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4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a goblet.

A: dark brown with an organish tint. one finger tan head with good retention. Nice lacing. Unfiltered.

S: This is one great smelling brew. A unique smell...the first thing I thought of was granny smith apples, then some prunes mixed in.

T: Very clean, yet complex. Every sip is refreshing and reveals a new layer to peel back. I get a small amount of hoppiness to start but then the dominating flavor is of sweet raisins, brown sugar.

M: smooth, medium viscosity. The level of carbonation is just to the point where it adds something to the overall experience, but is not overpowering.

D: I could drink this all day long. Perfect balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 04:46:46 | More by glazeman
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- pours a deep dark burgundy with shreds of rosewood highlight at the bottom of my tulip. the head is loud and fizzy and foamy, light beige in color, with flecks of chocolate colored yeast. the first 50% of foam settles rather quickly but the second half retains quite a long time for such high abv. in fact it never loses its dense soapy ring and film of tan foam, even to the bottom of the glass after a half hour review.

S- an insanely complex combination of clove, banana, milk chocolate, fig, prune, vanilla, roasted pear and plum, black grape, molasses, and some wood stone and soil notes. there's no wonder this is a paradigm of trappist excellence. it's taking me back to the first time i cracked a chimay.

T- at damn near 55 degrees, the flavor is so robust and leveled that it becomes hard to describe. starts off with a bit of floral alcohol bitterness that weaves its way in and out of the other flavors throughout the entire flavor profile. this in combination with a light vinous hop bitterness sets the stage for wonderfully spicy phenolic yeast and delicious sweet roasted and caramel flavored malts. peppercorn, banana, clove, bubblegum, plums, pears, figs, dates, and apricots all somethered in a cognac and candi sugar reduction and poured hot over a well worn leather jacket. malt flavors of chocolate covered raisin sweetness tease out a very light orange tartness with sugared strawberries and diluted coffee. earth. granite. peat. oak barrels. vanilla. very very light anise and cinnamon. sweet and delectable but in no way cloying or sugary. a divine 5 way balance between sweet bitter spicy fruity and earthy. the finish is lingering and thought provoking and i contemplate why there are visions of sugarplums dancing in my head.

MF- on the first sip, carbonation sizzled on my cheeks like water on a hot skillet. once the beer opened up, the texture became smooth as a velour jumpsuit, smooth as the jazzy crooning of the velvet fog himself. note: it was the warming effect of the alcohol in my chest that made me associate this beer with mel torme. it's luscious. it's carbonated yet not carbonated. all at once having a tannin texture of grape juice, the creaminess of whole milk, and the consistancy of melted chocolate. it leaves the lips sticky but the cheeks clean and dry thanks to the booze.

D- so, me and my buddies put the other 3 bottles into the beer bong and... joking. put the torches and pitchforks away. for such a sippin' brew this one cannot be put down. literally and figuratively. it is all around perfection. trappist brewers are geniuses of their trade and this may be the finest i've had thus far. in this case i saved the best for first and quadfest 2010 has kicked off to a glorious start.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 10:13:28 | More by hustlesworth
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4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Trappistes Rochefort 10 poured into what else, a Trappistes Rochefort goblet. Legendary brew. Got to respect this wonderful elixir:
"The Abbey of St-Remy, in the southern part of Belgium, was founded in 1230, and the monks began to brew beer sometime around 1595. The beautiful small brewery in the abbey, Rochefort Trappistes, is one of only seven Trappist breweries in the world and makes full-bodied, deeply flavored dark ales. They are bottle-conditioned and among the world's most highly-respected beverages."
appearance: I try to avoid 5's especially with less than a hundred reviews under my belt, but...damn, I can't imagine a better looking beer. Dark brown with big creamy tan head.
smell: port like, spicy, malty.
taste: As advertised by the nose but unbelievably mellow. The more I taste, the better this gets.
mouthfeel: carbonation, silky, creamy.
drinkability: Goes down like a very good session beer. Unbelievable.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 21:50:12 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice

Appearance: red/brown in color, high carbonation, murky with sediment, 1/4 inch head that disappates quickly

Smell: caramel, candied dark fruit, and rum

Taste: oak, brown sugar, candied dark fruit, toffee, bread, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: sweet with an alcohol burn, medium body with medium/high carbonation

Drinkability: I do want this again. My favorite still remains the 6, but I was blown away by the complexity of this beer. I like the toffee and fruit taste. A sipper that I want more of.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 13:37:41 | More by tigg924
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4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle into a snifter.

This is one of my favorite beers and I finally came across a few so I figure it's high time to review one.

A - Very dark, with lots of carbonation and a finger thick head that remained a long time. Gobs of lacing in the glass. The only thing I dislike about this beer is the amount of yeasty crud in the bottle, I usually pour carefully to avoid getting any in my glass but always end up with a few floaties.

S - this beer has a spicy, deep aroma that I've never smelled anywhere else.

T - stupifyingly good. coffee, figs, dates, cloves, brown sugar, and alcohol. It has an amazing depth.

M - Well carbonated with a heavy, solid feel to it.

D - I would drink this beer until I fell out of my chair, though the 11% ABV and the $7-8/beer cost makes me think twice about it. Nevertheless, I covet every drop in the glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 01:06:07 | More by evilkalla
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 6,864 ratings.